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Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,511 |  Reviews: 617
Reviews by Shadman:
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4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, clear tawny orange colored ale. Rich tan head that receded quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

An almost musty, earthy aroma to this beer, something I’ve yet to smell since I’ve been trying different beers and ales. Some sweet caramel malt is also noticeable

Nice rich malt in front that tasted slightly nutty and caramel-like. Hop bitterness lurks underneath initially before making its self known more towards the finish. Some metallic taste was also apparent, but that only added to the ‘englishness’ of this ale. Finishes dry from the hop.

Smooth and medium bodied, this ale goes down easily. Could be a session brew for certain.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Freshness date cleary marked.

Appearance: A rich looking, bright chestnut coloured beer with a creamy, patchy and sticky off-white head.

Smell: Malty sweet and fruity in the nose with a complex hop aroma.

Taste: A very malty brew with a sweet profile and smooth overall feel on the palate. Grape and passion fruit flavours come to the front, followed by dextrin sweetness and light toasted/biscuit malt background flavours. Hops strike with an assertive citrus bite, crisp dryness and distinct coarse/raw herbal flavours and oils. Finishes a bit dry with a tea-like sweetness.

Notes: A classic example of (an American made) English Pale Ale. Very true to the style. Brooklyn's tribute to the world champion Brooklyn baseball team.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better pale ales I have had,poured a real nice copper color with medium well retained head.Very hoppy aroma but great malty balance to this brew,hop was present but not overpowering.I like a good balanced pale ale alot more than one with too much bitterness,if I want that I will order a IPA.This brewery makes some real nice beers at least all the ones I have had.

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Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of SkiBum22
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Nice coppery amber color, clear, with a good 1/2" of off-white head that reduced to a creamy layer of bubbles before too long. Ok lacing.

The smell was a mostly light malts and something of a yeast smell with some hops sneaking in there to add a light citrus note.

A good long pull produced smooth and satisfying results - pale and caramel malts were formost, a bit fruity and a touch of sweetness. Hops were present but weak, seemingly there to balance the malt character a bit. The finish is pretty quick, starting with a malty edge, a slim bit of bitter-ish hop linger, and a water end. I have to say, this went down smooth and easy - very nice.

Overall this is a relatively tasty brew. It seemed to me to be a bit more flavorful and robust than some other APAs but I say that as a good thing. Another nice brew from Brooklyn.

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Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of JMD71
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep copper, caramel color with average head when poured. Average carbonation. Penetrating light gives beer a nice "shine"....

Aroma: Deep malty aroma with some hop profile noted. Caramel, toasty, roasty aroma.

Taste: Rich, caramel, malty flavor. Slight tangy, sour side that was unexpecte. It is a fresh bottle (best before Oct 06) so don't think its off.

Mouthfeel: Crisp & clean. Whether intentional or not, the sourness mentioned above gives a sharp, crisp mouthfeel. Very nicely carbonated which also lends to the crispness.

Drinkability: Medium drinkability. Not too light or too heavy. Nice to have one or two, but become too cloying after a few.

Comments: I enjoyed this but am curious whether the sour taste was intentional or the result of improper storage at the distributor/retailer. As I drank the bottle, the sour taste became less evident.

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Photo of newk340
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a translucent amber bubbles with a very thin head.

S: hints of hops and malts underwhelm the nose.

T: some initial bitterness of hops that fades to a sweet, albeit dry, finish.

MF/D: light on the tongue, with a smooth, crisp swallow. a decent brew for a hot day.

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Photo of blitz134
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a typical pale ale orange with a nearly white head on top. Head didn't stick around for long, literally less than a minute which is why I bring the appearance score down a bit.

Smell is a nice balance that is malty sweet with hints of caramel and a good hop blend.

Taste is again fairly well balanced. Not much of the sweet malts found in the nose but there is some malt background balacing the bitterness of this brew. I pick up alot of english hop influence with the profile of this. Hops are mostly resin based. This isn't a pale ale I would introduce a newbie to since the flavor profile isn't flowery/fruity but more along the lines of slightly dirt/earth taste. Not saying it is a bad thing, but it has its place for me and isn't my favorite flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is acceptable but not overexciting. And drinkability comes down a bit as well since I don't find this one overly appetizing, but on the right day I could have a couple if I was craving this particular flavor.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle reads "Brooklyn Pennant Pale Ale '55." I thought maybe I found something different, but no. Brooklyn brewing seems to do the same thing Rogue does, and bottle the same beer under different names. Pretty lame - not sure what the point is.

Average, average, average. Man, there is just not much to say about this one. A pretty even-keel, straight-across-the-board american pale ale. I thought I tasted/smelled some wheat at first, but that disappeared after a few sips.

I guess if you want a beer that you can drink and ignore, this is your beer. Unintrusive, mild, forgettable. With so many pale ales in the world of beer, there are undoubtedly better ones you can pick up.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice summer beer. In a bottle, Best By July 2009. It had a dark amber color in my pint glass, with a medium-sized off-white head. Malty aroma with some sweetness. Bscuit/toast taste, still sweet, like fruit. Rather dry in the mouth. This was a great beer to drink after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of shapudding
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at the brewery during a 3/19/05 pubhop. Clear and golden amber with a thick, creamy eggshell colored head. Bits of small bubbles in the center, and a lot of carbonation seen rising. Excellent head retention. Malty, carmamel, sweet and clean, not too much jumping out at you. Slightly frothy feel to it. Very crisp, nicely malty, bit of hops in there but not much. Slight darkened toast flavors left on your tongue, but very balanced.

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Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Color: Brilliantly clear copper.

Smell: Some hops, buttery, ripe plums, malty with a semi-sweet toastiness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smoothness and crispness is nearly perfect, medium bodied. Slightly toasted malt, buttery throughout, balancing hoppiness, mildly fruity. Apples and plums, dried grass & woody hops. Dry finish.

Overall: Yeah, beer screams "English Pale Ale". Not the biggest fan of buttery ales but it works here and Brooklyn hits the mark for style.

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Photo of merlin48
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Ale pours a light chestnut, clear body with some active carbonation going on. Skimpy beige head is shortlived and leaves minimal lace. Nose is mostly caramel malt with an even balance of British smelling hops that add floral and herbal notes. Mouthfeel is light medium, with crisp carbonation. Taste is soft in that English Ale sort of way, with a delicately balanced hop and malt profile. Nothing overwhelms, but the caramel malt seems to fold perfectly into the floral and herbal hops. Very smooth and balanced. Slightly bitter finish with a clean aftertaste. Session ales don't get much better than this.

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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 12 ouncer sampled, pours dark honey amber, clear with a tan head , and leaving moderate, not too exciting lacing. Freshness dating notched onto the label.
S: malty, earthy nose, touch of peat?
T: This is a British style ale, if you ask me, and the label bears me out -maris otter malt, fuggles and east kent goldings hops. Nice malt/hop balance and the combo adds up to a pleasantly smooth and drinkable ale of distinction and subtlety
M: Nice, full, smooth mouthfeel. Dry in the finish
D: high marks here, cuz, this is a fine, tasty brew, makes you want to drink a second

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge three finger head. Off white in color. Clear amber body. Smells of crystal malts, noble hops, some grassy notes. Tastes of crystal malts, noble hops, earthy, mineraly. Medium bodied medium carbing. This one is especially plesant for it's mouthfeel, very balanced and neutral. Nothing harsh or offensive. I could easily finsh a sixer of this. $1.75 a single.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, orange/brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and some spice

Taste: toasted malt, bread, and small hops at the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: Another very sessionable biscuity beer. I could have three. A lot of the flavor here is reminiscent of the flavors I associate with Abita's beers. This is an above average, not great beer.

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Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 1,511 ratings